Curtis Stone - Profitable Urban Farming [30 Webrips (MP3) + 2 ebooks (epub, PDF)]
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Do you dream about becoming a farmer... making a living with your hands in the soil, being outside far away from the confines of the cubicle, working your own piece of land and growing the nutrient-dense food that you want to eat?
It's a nice thought. A worthy ambition.
But if you are seriously going to go down that road then you need to ask yourself: How are you ever going to make a living farming?
The concern around farming being a viable and profitable career is legitimate. And the talk of farming NOT being profitable is more truth than exaggeration. Most farmers struggle earning a living farming; recent USDA data supports this:
Given the broad USDA definition of a farm, many farms are not profitable even in the best farm income years. The projected median farm income of -$1,558 is essentially unchanged from the 2014 forecast of -$1,570. Most farm households earn all of their income from off-farm sources - median off-farm income is projected to increase 4 percent in 2015.
If you have to work another job in order to be a farmer, it isn't good, and you probably won't be a farmer for very long.
Over the past few years with Perma-culture Voices, I have spoken to numerous visionaries such as Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Geoff Lawton, Mark Shepard, and Allan Savory about the future of agriculture. I understand what's possible and what could be, and I also understand that things need to change.
During that time I have also spoken to countless people looking to break into the farming business and make agriculture their future. These people dream about being farmers - the next wave of farmers, the 20 and 30 somethings that aspire to follow in the footsteps of people like Joel Salatin and break into farming. Through these conversations I have come to fully understand the dream and the lure of the farming lifestyle, but also the obstacles that hinder making that dream a reality.
These obstacles include:
• The high cost and limited access to land
• High capital costs for equipment
• The lack of an efficient distribution system for small farmers
• A broken food system that values cheap food over high-quality, nutrient-dense, locally raised food
For many people, these obstacles are too much to overcome. Costs are too high, prices are too low and margins are too thin. As a result, the dream of farming fizzles out.
Profitable farming is possible, but farming profitably may look different in reality than the idea of farming that you have in your mind. Many people are lured into farming by icons like Joel Salatin who are farming on a lot of acreage. So naturally many people think that in order to be profitable they need to farm a lot of land.
Like many of you, I thought farming had to be big. Then I met Curtis, and he shattered that myth.